Pobby and Dingan

Pobby and Dingan

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Pobby and Dingan live in Lighting Ridge, the opal capital of Australia. They are friends with Kellyanne - indeed, only Kellyanne can see them. Pobby and Dingan are imaginary. Ashmol, Kellyanne's brother, thinks his sister should stop being so childish - until the day when Pobby and Dingan disappear. Ashmol helps his grief-stricken sister, recruiting the whole town in search of the friends. In the end, he discovers that only he can find them, and only if he too believes they are real...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 10.2mm | 136.08g
  • ISIS Publishing
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • New ed of Large ed
  • 0753166747
  • 9780753166741

Review Text

Rice's debut novel is a real gem. Set in an opal mining community in New South Wales, Lightening Ridge has a wild west style instabliilty about it; the small population is comprised of outlaws and crazy dreamers mining in the face of danger and foul play, desperate to strike it lucky. This intriguing town is also home to Pobby and Dingan. One day Kellyanne Williamson tells her big brother Ashmol, Pobby and Dingan are maybe-dead. Pobby and Dingan are Kellyanne's imaginary friends, and as Ashmol points out in fustration, how can they be dead if they never existed? With Kellyanne bedridden with grief and sickness, Ashmol is forced to take the disappearance of Pobby and Dingan seriously. Ashmol senses that saving her is down to him, but how can he find Pobby and Dingan when they don't exist? Perhaps the only way to find them is to believe they do. This short novel is beautifully written, full of humour, wisdom and honesty. It asks questions about the natures of subjective and objective reality, and of existence itself. The characters are strong and well drawn, making for some sparky dialogue. The question of Pobby and Dingan's different levels of existence is like a multi-faceted opal that the reader explores, plays with and delights in. As quoted at the beginning of the book. 'The secret of an opal's colour lies not in its substance but in its absences.' Pobby and Dingan are everywhere and nowhere. In this intriguing novel, maybe-meeting Pobby and Dingan is a richly rewarding experience. (Kirkus UK)show more

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1,296 ratings
3.83 out of 5 stars
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4 36% (473)
3 26% (337)
2 7% (96)
1 1% (18)
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